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DABD - Befriending and Independence Skills


DABD's Befriending service provides a one-to-one support worker for your child to help them access the activities they enjoy or would like to enjoy.

The service is available for children and young people aged 5 – 24, seven days a week including evenings.

It’s up to you and your child which activities they would like to participate in. It could be swimming, a trip to the park or cinema, bowling, attending a youth club, walking, shopping or a meal out.

Their support worker will accompany them and help them participate in their chosen activity. 

Independence skills

Going to the cinema or bowling, attending a sports or social club or even a trip to the shops can make a world of difference in encouraging choice, confidence, independence and life and social skills - all important as young people move into adulthood.

Our support workers can accompany young people aged 13 + to the activities they enjoy and help them access and participate in opportunities they may not otherwise be able to access.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Personal Support Services team
0330 054 2500
DABD - Support for Families

Where to go

42 - 48
Parsloes Avenue

Other Details


£18 per hour  (7 am to 10 pm) and £21 per house (10:01 pm - 6:59 am).
This includes a trained dedicated 1:1 buddy worker to support the young person throughout the time they are there. Also included are the background costs which are needed to provide a quality service. Parent/carer will need to take into account that all travel and activity costs, for both the young person and the buddy, will need to be paid for by the parent/carer either directly or through funding, budget, direct payment or a package. 


Other notes

Parent/carers, social workers and family workers can refer young people to the service.
The service is open to all young people who have the funding, budget, direct payment or package to purchase the service.
Parent/carers decide what times and days they need support, you decide and book these with the home service lead.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
16-25 years
25 years +
5-11 years
11-16 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
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